Review: Darth Plagueis – James Luceno

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: LucasBooks (January 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 034551128X
ISBN-13: 978-0345511287
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“Anakin – Aare you familiar with The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?”

And with those words, the world was introduced to the man who created Emperor Palpatine. From the time Revenge of the Sith had been released, fans had been clamoring to learn more about Darth Plagueis. This book is the result of that.

The book covers the period 67 years prior to A New Hope. Not only do we get to see Plagueis, but we get to see his Master as well and what became of him. It would be tough to say too much about this book without spoiling much of it for fans, so I’ll just say “Buy This BOOK!”.

The book kept my attention from the very first page. There were events that were familiar, but shown from a different perspective, and we get to see much more about the background of the Sith. We get to see a lot of what goes on in Plagueis’ mind, the manipulations, and the betrayals.

There isn’t however, as much Sith on Jedi combat as some would like. There are many action scenes though that I think should satisfy those readers. There is also a lot of political machinations for those who enjoyed the strategy of the sith, rather than the brute force.

A very good novel, a good lead in to Phantom Menace, and well draw characters make this one that every Star Wars fan must have on his shelf.

About the Author:

A former studio musician and carpenter, James Luceno has been writing professionally for twenty years. His early novels were action tales based on his experiences as a guide for an adventure-travel company. A Fearful Symmetry, his first foray into science-fiction, was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award. Collaborating with the late-Brian Daley, Jim wrote scripts for several animated television series, and under the pseudonym “Jack Mckinney,” he and Daley adapted the anime series, Robotech. Since 2000, Jim has worked almost exclusively in the STAR WARS universe, contributing six novels to the franchise, all of which have made the NY Times best-seller lists. He has also written novelizations of Mission: Impossible, The Shadow, and Indiana Jones. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and son.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Random House for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.